NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Colorado
(Friday, March 27th)
Final Score: Vancouver 4, Colorado 1
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Daniel and Henrik Sedin both registered a goal and an assist, as the Vancouver Canucks scored three times in the third period to defeat the Colorado Avalanche, 4-1, at Pepsi Center.
Pavol Demitra and Alexander Edler also lit the lamp for the Canucks, who have won six of their last eight games and trail Calgary by one point for first place in the Northwest Division. Jason LaBarbera stopped 22-of-23 shots in his first start since February 13.
"Our play picked up in the second (period) and we generated a lot of shots and quite a few chances," said Vancouver head coach Alain Vigneault. "We got two quick goals at the beginning of the third and did what we had to do to win the game."
T.J. Galiardi netted his first NHL goal for the Avalanche, who have lost six straight and 13 of their last 16 contests. Andrew Raycroft allowed four goals on 34 shots in defeat.
Daniel Sedin poked in a rebound of a Mats Sundin shot to give Vancouver a 2-1 lead just 37 seconds into the third period. Demitra, who was denied on a penalty shot in the middle stanza, tickled the twine at 4:20 and Edler beat Raycroft with 2:09 remaining.
Galiardi opened the scoring at 13:25 of the first period, but Henrik Sedin pumped in the equalizer with 6:46 to play in the second.
"It's always a special moment when you get your first goal," Galiardi said. "I just wish it was in a winning effort."
Demitra is one goal away from 300 for his career...Defenseman Wes O'Neill made his NHL debut for Colorado...Sundin recorded two assists...The Avalanche signed forwards Ryan Stoa and Cedric McNicoll to entry-level contracts on Friday.
03/28 01:17:19 ET